Parkinson’s Motivation

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Michael Jordan "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." Edmund Hillary Précis: Six years ago today, on March 9, 2015, I started the Journey with Parkinson's blog with a post entitled "I'm Still Here: Life with Parkinson's." This also signifies that …

Quotes to Help the Life Journey With Parkinson’s

“Hard times don't create heroes. It is during the hard times when the 'hero' within us is revealed.” Bob Riley "Remember, to the last, that while there is life there is hope." Charles Dickens Précis: About once a year, I have a blog post dedicated to quotes, words worth reading. Hopefully, some of these quotes …

Playing Golf in the Presence of Parkinson’s and Some Motivational Quotes for Exercise

"But in the end it's still a game of golf, and if at the end of the day you can't shake hands with your opponents and still be friends, then you've missed the point." Payne Stewart "You swing your best when you have the fewest things to think about." Bobby Jones Introduction: It is winter …

The Uncertainty of Parkinson’s

"In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain." Pliny the Elder "Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty." Jacob Bronowski Précis: There are many motor and non-symptoms in Parkinson's, which gives us our own individual expression pattern of this chronic neurodegenerative disease. A common thread we share is linked …

Golf and Parkinson’s: Arnold Palmer on Golf and Life

“I’ve always made a total effort, even when the odds seemed entirely against me. I never quit trying; I never felt that I didn’t have a chance to win.” Arnold Palmer "The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done." Arnold Palmer Introduction: Golf is …

Always, With Parkinson’s

"Our illness is often our healing." Mooji "Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act." Paulo Coelho The Beginning of the Thought:  I was at the driving range recently hitting golf balls.  And this guy walks by wearing a T-shirt that said: "Always on, Never off."  It struck me as …

The Evolving Portrait of Parkinson’s

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedane  “If we own the story then we can write the ending.” Brené Brown Précis:  To showcase the amazing art/photography/videography of Anders M. Leines who lives in Norway, which gives me the opportunity to voice an opinion about the emerging picture/image …

Catching Up, Life-Stories, and Future Posts in Journey With Parkinson’s

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." Maya Angelou "Life is not a problem to be solved, but an experience to be had." Alan Watts Don't You Get The Summer Off?: …

Déjà Vu and Neuroplasticity in Parkinson’s

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” Winston S. Churchill “...remember that what has once been done may be done again.” Alexandre Dumas Introducing the terms: Déjà vu: "A feeling of having already experienced the present situation." (http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/) Neuroplasticity: "The brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming …

Neuroprotection by Modified-Macrophages in a Parkinson’s Model System

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” Carl Sagan “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” R. Buckminster Fuller Précis: Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are using an innovative approach to treat Parkinson's in …